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Victoria and Albert Museum

Few global cultural institutions can match the stature of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Now simply known as the V&A, it is rightly recognised as the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance – mutual interests of Swire Properties and a sound base for a compatible partnership. Resulting in two extraordinarily successful joint ventures, the Vivienne Westwood show in Hong Kong and the critically-acclaimed ‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain’ exhibition’s tour of the Chinese mainland.

Vivienne Westwood "A Life In Fashion"
Date: 01 December 2008 – 31 January 2009
Location : HONG KONG

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and Swire Properties brought the “Vivienne Westwood: A Life In Fashion” exhibition to ArtisTree in Hong Kong. This celebration of the styles that have made her a legend of the fashion world contained more than 140 designs and 70 objects from V&A’s London collection and Westwood's personal archive. Dame Vivienne Westwood herself attended the opening.

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
Date: 22 September 2017 – 28 October 2018
Location : HONG KONG CHINESE MAINLAND Beijing Chengdu Guangzhou Shanghai

Swire Properties partnered with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) to bring the critically-acclaimed exhibition – ‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain’ to Asia for the first time. The exhibition combined anthropology and art to explore how shoes can cause pain as well as pleasure for the wearer, and how the choice of footwear reflects human and societal behaviours. This unique exhibition featured over 140 pairs of shoes from around the world, some from the 14th century, others created by iconic designers or worn by international celebrities.

Opening in Shanghai at HKRI Taikoo Hui in 2017, the exhibition toured Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu, Taikoo Hui in Guangzhou and Taikoo Li Sanlitun in Beijing, before completing its tour at Pacific Place in Hong Kong.